School – Physical Education, Physical Activity-Related Policy, and Programs
2018 Grade: C
2016 Grade: C
% of schools with active school policies (e.g., daily PE, daily physical activity, recess, “everyone plays” approach, bike racks at school, traffic calming on school property, outdoor time).
% of schools where the majority (≥80%) of students are offered the mandated amount of PE (for the given state/territory/region/country).
% of schools that offer physical activity opportunities (excluding PE) to the majority (>80%) of their students.
% of schools with students who have regular access to facilities and equipment that support physical activity (e.g., gymnasium, outdoor playgrounds, sporting fields, multipurpose space for physical activity, equipment in good condition).
- According to PE Key Learning Area Curriculum Guides (Primary 1-Secondary 6) of the EDB of the HKSAR:
- At the primary level and junior secondary level, schools should allocate 5%-8% of the total lesson time to General PE;
- At the senior secondary level, schools should allocate at least 5% of the total lesson time in General PE through Other Learning Experiences. In addition, PE is an elective subject of the senior secondary curriculum and accounts for 10% of the total lesson time over a course of three years.
- According to a study among 10 secondary schools, the PE lesson time ranged from 80 to 100 minutes per week/per cycle, which was approximately 53% - 83% of the amount recommended in the other place. More importantly, the proportion of PE lesson time spent in MVPA was as low as 18.5% among 26 local schools, which was significantly lower than the recommendation of 50% in the U.S.
- According to a teacher survey in 2013-2014, local schools had on average four physical activity facilities (ranging from 0 to 16) and 4.6 physical activity programs (excluding PE classes) per academic year (ranging from 0 to 20).
- Since 2001, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has implemented the School Sports Programme (SSP) for students of primary and secondary schools. In the 2018/19 school year, about 90% of schools took part in the Scheme and over 8,500 programmes were organized for about 635,000 students
- To mitigate the adverse impact of school closure during the pandemic, concerted efforts have been made to help schools manage the online PE classes. For instance, a project funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club supported a range of sports initiatives for children and adolescents including teachers’ training and online PE instructions (https://corporate.hkjc.com/corporate/corporate-news/english/2021-05/news_2021051101710.aspx).